11 July 2022
    SSS released P53.27-B maternity benefit from 2016 to 2021
    Significant jump in disbursement was first noted in 2019 following the implementation of Republic Act No. 11210 or Expanded Maternity Leave Law, which was signed by former President Rodrigo R. Duterte. Highest peak of releases was recorded in 2021 amounting to P13.90 billion. The SSS, as a conduit agency gave its full support to this endeavor through continuous disbursement of maternity benefits to our qualified female members since the law was implemented in March 2019. We have also recalibrated and simplified the application procedures through online submission of maternity benefit application for members and reimbursement for employers through the My.SSS Portal which started last May 2021, said Regino.
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    1 July 2022
    Laguesma back at DOLE, seeks dialogues with labor groups
    MANILA-Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will conduct meetings with employersâ groups in the coming days to discuss their concerns. On Friday, he received the DOLE flag and the Labor and Employment Plan 2022-2028 from his predecessor, Silvestre Bello III, at the Labor Governance and Learning Center of the departmentâs Blas F. Ople Hall in Intramuros, Manila. Laguesma also met with other officials during his first day in office and interacted with employees with whom he discussed such issues as wage increase and job security.
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    22 June 2022
    NCR wage board approves P1-K pay hike for domestic workers
    MANILA-The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-National Capital Region (RTWPB-NCR) has approved a PHP1,000 increase in the salary of domestic workers (kasambahay), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced on Wednesday. The Secretary (Silvestre Bello III) would like to announce that the National Capital Region-National Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board has just approved this afternoon a wage increase for our kasambahays of additional PHP1,000 a month, bringing the monthly take home of our kasambahays in the National Capital Region to PHP6,000 a month, DOLE spokesperson Rolly Francia said in a virtual forum. The wage hike will benefit an estimated 200,000 domestic workers in Metro Manila.
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    19 June 2022
    16 regional wage boards increase workers pay
    LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd said on Saturday that the 16 regional wage boards across the country have all issued orders granting salary increases of P30 to P110 to more than 5 million minimum wage earners nationwide. Bello added that also granted wage increases were kasambahay or household service workers (HSWs) in 13 regions, though the National Capital Region (NCR) and Regions 4A (Calabarzon)and 12 have yet to come out with their orders. All wage increases granted to daily wage earners in 16 regions and to HSWs in 13 regions have all been affirmed by the National Wages and Productivity Commission.
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    10 June 2022
    Wage hike benefits over 200K workers in C. Visayas
    CEBU CITY-The new wage orders that will take effect on June 14 will benefit more than 200,000 minimum wage earners and over 100,000 domestic workers or kasambahay in Region 7. In a statement on Friday, the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Central Visayas (RTWPB-7) said Wage Order No. ROVII-23 which was published on May 29 granted a PHP31 daily salary increase and will benefit a total of 215,684 workers. On the other hand, Wage Order No. ROVII-DW-03, granting a monthly increase of PHP500 for the 107,931 kasambahay in the region will also take effect simultaneously with the minimum wage earners.
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    8 June 2022
    Leading union says wage hikes already wiped out by surging fuel prices
    THE Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said on Monday that the impact of recent hikes in the minimum wage has been offset by higher fuel prices, keeping workers below the poverty line. The TUCP, the Philippines largest labor federation, said in a statement that the rising prices of basic goods that stem from the surge in fuel prices make it more difficult for workers to live on poverty wages. The buying power of the current wage adjustments is being dissipated by the series of previous and present extraordinary increases in the prices of basic commodities and cost of services and have no impact in lifting the lives of workers from worsening poverty caused by the pandemic crisis, TUCP President Raymond C. Mendoza said.
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